Christmas 2019
29 November 2019

Date Of Issue: 29 Nov 2019
Process: Offset
Sheet: Set Of 3 Stamps
Denominations: 28c, 59c, 63c
Watermark: Maltese Crosses

This year’s Christmas stamp issue features three figurines of the Baby Jesus found in 3 churches around Malta and Gozo.

At this time of year churches are decorated for the festive season, and a figurine of the Baby Jesus is a must in every church and chapel throughout Malta and Gozo.

On Christmas Eve, a children’s procession with the figurine of Baby Jesus is held in most towns and villages when it is carried shoulder-high as children follow through the streets singing Christmas Carols while carrying Christmas lanterns and lights. This unique Maltese tradition dates back to 1921 when Saint George Preca staged the very first children’s procession in

Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady – Mosta
The Baby Jesus figurine of the Mosta Parish Church was crafted in papier-mâché in Paris. This figurine was brought to Malta in the late 19th century.

Collegiate Parish Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Senglea
This figurine of Baby Jesus, is made in plaster and was made soon after the Second World War

Basilica of the Visitation, GGozo
This Jesus figurine was acquired by the church some 90 years ago.

Source and Photographer: Mark Micallef Perconte

Malta: Christmas 2019, 29 November 2019. All images from MaltaPost Philately.

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Jersey Post | Jersey Stamps

Jersey Post announced the first half of its 2020 stamp programme on 4 December 2019.

03 January 2020

Lunar New Year — Year of the Rat

Jersey: Lunar New Year – Year of the Rat, 3 January 2020. All images from Jersey Stamps.
Jersey: Lunar New Year – Year of the Rat (52p stamp), 3 January 2020.
Jersey: Lunar New Year – Year of the Rat (52p stamp sheet of 10), 3 January 2020.
Jersey: Lunar New Year – Year of the Rat (£1.00 souvenir sheet), 3 January 2020.

Date of issue: 3 January 2020
Designer: Wang Huming
Sheet: 10
Size: 36mm x 36mm (52p stamp); 95mm x 125mm, 60mm x 60mm (£1.00 souvenir sheet)
Process: Four colour offset litho + gold metallic with varnish

The fifth issue in our Lunar New Year stamp series celebrates the lunar Zishu year (2020) which is the Year of the Rat. Also known as the Spring Festival, it is the most important celebration in the Chinese calendar. It is celebrated by Chinese and ethnic communities around the world and is a time when families come together. In Chinese culture, rats are seen as a sign of fertility, wealth and surplus. They are clever, quick thinkers and often successful. People born in the year of the Zishu rat are multi-talented. They are strong-willed and always finish what they begin.

The 52p stamp, designed by Wang Huming in Beijing, China, shows a rat in gold against a red background.

The stamp denotes the Chinese fable Rat Biting Started the World. In Chinese culture, it is said that before the beginning of the world there was only chaos. Legend has it the Rat bravely took a bite out of the sky, sunlight came in through the opening, then Yin separated from Yang, and the world started. The stamp features a bowl that symbolises the world, which the rat opens from within. The Chinese seal which appears on the left side of the illustration symbolises the rat.

The Miniature Sheet depicts part of a Chinese folk story, which fables a rat marrying off his daughter to the most powerful suitor, also known as Mouse of Marriage. The illustration portrays the daughter rat sitting inside the palanquin (Jiao) as she is carried to her wedding ceremony. The whole scene is joyful and lively.

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